“The novel is set in challenging times during the late medieval period in Italy, full of conflicts within the Church and between medieval states. Despite the general trend of despair and hopelessness in society and the clergy, the protagonist learns to appreciate the beauty of intellectual discovery and curiosity. To me, the novel is the tale of a student coming of age into a world of complexity and ambiguity, where it is difficult to tell apart good from bad, moral from immoral. The book is the story of how intellectual passion can be liberating, transformative, and deeply painful. In the difficult and isolating times of covid, I found solace in the pursuit of knowledge, reflecting about people and society. I learned that there is a beauty to questioning our lives and our surroundings in the hope of pure intellectual discovery.”
- Elliott Mokski ‘24

The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”

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